Financial Management for Agribusiness

Subject AGRI90013 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

September, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

This subject is delivered online via the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). The 2012 commencement date is 10th September, 2012. The subject will be open on LMS approximately two weeks prior to the subject commencement date.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught using multimedia teaching techniques and is based around business case studies. There is the equivalent of 2 hrs face-to-face contact per week for on-campus students.
Total Time Commitment: 112 hours. This subject is run over an 8-week period as opposed to a standard 12 week semester subject. It is recommended that students devote 14 hours per week to this subject over 8 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students must be able to perform word processing, use Excel spreadsheets, and have a reasonable understanding of the Internet and the University's Learning Management System.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel they have a disability that will impact on meeting the requirements in this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison Unit.


Mr Peter Mcsweeney


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Sound business decision-making in circumstances of incomplete information, risk and uncertainty, requires sound knowledge of the underlying financial situation of a firm. This subject is about understanding the key concepts of financial management enabling the manager to more effectively analyse situations, evaluate alternative actions, implement actions and exercise control. Interpreting financial information, budgeting, investment and finance decisions, and valuation under conditions of incomplete knowledge, risk and uncertainty are central emphases of the subject.


The objective of this subject is to extend the participant's ability:

· to assemble and organise key business financial information,

· to interpret key financial information in light of the established theoretical underpinnings,

· to understand and apply time value concepts,

· to understand the fundamentals of risk and return,

· to use financial information in investment decision analysis and valuation,

· to determine appropriate short and long term business finance strategies.


Group management report, 3000 words (40%), Individual assignments, 1500 words (20%), Take home exam (20%), Online discussion participation (20%).

*Online discussion is an integral component of this subject - a minimum grade of 50% is required in this component.

Prescribed Texts: Gitman L.J., Juchau R. and Flanagan J. (2011) Principles of Managerial Finance. (6th edition), Addison Wesley, Melbourne
Details of how to order prescribed text will communicated to enrolled students
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

It is expected students will develop:

  • Awareness of, and ability to, utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Highly developed computer-based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and communication
  • Ability to collaborate, exchange ideas and debate across on-line learning platforms
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness
Graduate Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture
Graduate Diploma in Wine Technology and Viticulture
Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)
Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Master of Food Science
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Master of Wine Technology and Viticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science and Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science

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